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The U.S. Open is changing to a two-hole aggregate playoff, the last of the four majors to do away with an 18-hole playoff.
Doug Ghim and Doc Redman advanced to the 36-hole final of the U.S. Amateur with semifinal victories at Riviera Country Club. Ghim is the Big 12’s Player of the Year at the University of Texas. The Chicago-area native beat Theo Humphrey 2 and 1 in his latest outstanding performance.
Golf’s two governing bodies have released a draft of modern rules aimed at bringing common sense to what can be a complicated sport. The Royal & Ancient Golf Club and the U.S. Golf Association spent more than five years trying to simplify the Rules of Golf without stripping the centuries-old game of its traditions and fundamentals of fair play.
For the last five years, the top rules experts in golf have come together from around the world to study a jigsaw puzzle.
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – Rory McIlroy won the 2011 U.S. Open by eight strokes at Congressional but he hasn’t had much success in six other Opens, including the 115th edition at Chambers Bay. McIlroy says his scores haven’t reflected his solid ball-striking, and that was the case again Saturday during an even-par 70 that had the makings of a 65. He’s at 4-over 214 through three rounds, eight strokes behind the leaders.
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – As many U.S. golf fans mostly drooled and silently prayed, the boy next door, Jordan Spieth, hung tough in the U.S. Open here Saturday. You don’t play the horrors of Chambers Bay. You survive them. Whoever does that best today wins a big check, a big trophy and the title of King of Patience. If you allow yourself to be bewitched, bothered or even the slightest bit bewildered on one of these U.S. Golf Association courses designed to baffle, you won’t win.
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – Keith Ross was on the Chambers Bay driving range at 5:45 a.m. Monday, waiting for Tiger Woods to arrive. Instead, Dustin Johnson showed up. For 10 minutes, Johnson hit balls and Ross was the only one in the grandstands to see them soar into the distance.
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – Jordan Spieth was three shots clear of the U.S. Open field after rolling in a pair of early 30-plus-foot birdie putts. About 90 minutes later, he trailed Dustin Johnson by two.
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – Keith Ross was on the Chambers Bay driving range at 5:45 a.m. Monday, waiting for Tiger Woods to arrive.
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – Rory McIlroy won the 2011 U.S. Open by eight strokes at Congressional but he hasn’t had much success in six other Opens, including the 115th edition at Chambers Bay.
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – Golf became secondary Friday afternoon when Jason Day collapsed near the ninth green, the last hole of his second round at the U.S. Open. Jordan Spieth, playing in the same group, tried to shield photographers from snapping pictures of a prone Day. A concerned Tiger Woods, knowing Day has been experiencing health issues, looked down anxiously from the upper tee box on No. 9. Players stopped practice sessions on the range to watch Day on a nearby big screen.
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – After Thursday’s 2-under 68, Jordan Spieth suggested he would be pleased with the same score for the next three rounds.
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – Golf became secondary Friday afternoon when Jason Day collapsed near the ninth green, the last hole of his second round at the U.S. Open.
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – The U.S. Open will have a different feel at Chambers Bay but the goal for the tournament remains the same: A thorough examination of the world’s best golfers to determine a worthy champion. The course is playing firm and fast, precisely where United States Golf Association officials want it, said executive director Mike Davis, who oversees course set-up.
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – It’s a bomber’s paradise, demanding length so players can exercise control with high irons into massive, undulating greens, according to Rory McIlroy and Jason Day. It’s a huge advantage to fly it 295-300 yards. Phil Mickelson thought the same thing when he toured Chambers Bay a few weeks ago but changed his mind earlier this week. The course is so firm and fast that the roll-out on drives, outside of a few holes that require longer carries, could neutralize the distance factor.
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – It’s a long way from Circling Raven in 2004 to the U.S. Open in 2015. Jimmy Gunn is the only one in the 156-player field at the 115th national championship that unfolds this week at Chambers Bay familiar with the journey.
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – Rory McIlroy, the No. 1 ranked player in the world, drew a standing-room only crowd Tuesday to the media interview room. No. 195 Tiger Woods drew an even larger audience. Both had plenty to say – about rankings, firm-and-fast Chambers Bay, the course set-up and 15-year-old wunderkind Cole Hammer earning a spot in the 115th U.S. Open.
Tiger Woods and Masters champion Jordan Spieth will start the U.S. Open on prime-time TV. Spieth (pictured) was placed in the same group as Jason Day and Justin Rose for the opening two rounds next week at Chambers Bay in Washington. They will tee off at 2:17 p.m. PDT as Fox Sports makes its debut in major championship golf. Woods is in the group right behind them with Rickie Fowler and Louis Oosthuizen. Rory McIlroy, the world’s No. 1 player, is with defending champion Martin Kaymer and U.S. Amateur champ Gunn Yang. They will tee off Thursday morning, which will be 8:28 PDT, and then will be featured in prime time on Friday. Phil Mickelson, with Angel Cabrera and Bubba Watson, go off at 7:33 a.m. on Thursday and 1:33 p.m. on Friday. – AP
USGA executive director Mike Davis (pictured, foreground) says the organization could not be positioned any better for hosting the U.S. Open next year at Chambers Bay in University Place, Washington, the first time the tournament will be held in the Pacific Northwest. Following a site visit this week, Davis said Friday that the organization couldn’t be more pleased with the current state of the course. Davis said the course will play to par 70 and somewhere between 7,200 and 7,600 yards. He also still plans on alternating holes 1 and 18 as par 4s and 5s during the tournament. Tickets for the tournament went on sale earlier this month and championship director Danny Sink said a couple of days are almost sold out. The USGA is expecting 30,000 spectators each day. – AP
The sounds at Pinehurst (North Carolina) No. 2 were the first indication that the second U.S. Open would not be exactly the same as the first one. The first day of practice for the U.S. Women’s Open featured the clanging of workers removing half of the grandstands around the 18th green. The Women’s Open gets started today ( noon, ESPN2) in golf’s version of a doubleheader. Just four days after Martin Kaymer won his second major at the U.S. Open, players from 53-year-old Juli Inkster to 11-year-old Lucy Li take a crack at Pinehurst No. 2. It’s the first time in history that men and women have competed on the same course in back-to-back weeks at a major. – AP